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LG Optimus G review

8.2/10 AVG.
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8.2/10
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The LG Optimus G currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 37 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The LG Optimus G is one of the slimmest smartphones ever produced, and yet it’s also one of the most powerful. If you ask LG to describe it in two words or less, “crown jewel” is probably the best you’ll get.

And it is quite valuable indeed. Its design was the basis for one of Google’s own flagship phones, the Nexus 4. Its main features include a 4.7-inch HD touchscreen display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. It comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed and is scheduled to be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the future. There’s no question that it’s one of the most feature-rich Android handsets out on the market at the moment. And it doesn’t hurt that it looks mighty fine, too.

It’s clear that LG worked very hard to deliver as many great features as possible to its customers with the Optimus G. It tends to get hot fairly quickly during usage, but that’s because it comes with one of the most powerful mobile processors ever created. If you’re inclined to give LG a shot and are looking to make the Optimus G your main device, prepare for your expectations to be met.

Need to Know: LG Optimus G

1. Runs on one of the fastest and most powerful mobile processors ever created. (The Good)

2. Uses a 4.7-inch 1280x720 HD screen in an 8mm thin casing. (The Good)

3. Doesn’t come with Jelly Bean as the default OS. (The Bad)

4. Battery life could be longer. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
4.7"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSM Dome

Overall, we give this handset an 8.7 out of 10 for design, a 9 for hardware, a 9 for OS and UI, for a total of 8.9 out of 10. It’s still a very good phone, but LG is very close to launching a flagship to follow this unit. The advatange is that its price will probably drop more soon.

- James A., GSM Dome
UnleashThePhones

If your looking for a well rounded handset, with a great camera, great design and a unique Android Skin with some very useful additions, then the LG Optimus G is for you! Sadly, if you’re looking to get a device upgradeable to Jelly Bean 4.2.x, then maybe take a look at the Nexus 4, as LG has stated...

- Michael Faro-Tusino, UnleashThePhones
DroidDog

The LG Optimus G is a wonderful device for both carriers. Each has its small differences, but they’re both great. You can expect insanely fast performance, a beautiful display, solid software that won’t disappoint, and a premium feel. However, the fragility of the glass is an issue you must consider...

- Dima Aryeh, DroidDog
Tech Ticker

Does getting an LG Optimus G make sense considering the breed of next-generation smartphones are just around the corner? Admittedly, LG is a bit late to the party but Optimus G is a formidable device. It packs some serious performance and gives a run for its money to devices like Galaxy S III that c...

- Kunal Gangar, Tech Ticker
The Mobile Indian

Everything boils down to this one final moment: is the device really worth its price? The Optimus G is a powerful device and we would not call it an over priced one. It costs between Rs 33,000 to Rs 36,000 in the Indian market. It offers superb performance, a brilliant display and great battery back...

- Rahul Gupta, The Mobile Indian


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Common Questions


LG released the Optimus G on November 2, 2012.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG Optimus G user manual here.


LG backs up the Optimus G with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Optimus G has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
4.7"

The LG Optimus G's screen size is 4.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 Quad-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2100 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 930 minutes, 315 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Optimus G Specs

Brand LG
Overview
Release date November 2, 2012
Regions available Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, LTE
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 Quad-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type S-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.67 W/kg
Body: 1.22 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 436 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 315 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 930 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.2 x 6.9 x 0.8 cm (5.2 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 145 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Polaris Office)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG E970

16GB microSD card included
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Critic Reviews


GSM Dome

Nice design, very good performance & software, underwhelming camera

from GSM Dome

Overall, we give this handset an 8.7 out of 10 for design, a 9 for hardware, a 9 for OS and UI, for a total of 8.9 out of 10. It’s still a very good phone, but LG is very close to launching a flagship to follow this unit. The advatange is that its price will probably drop more soon.

Read full review

Overall, we give this handset an 8.7 out of 10 for design, a 9 for hardware, a 9 for OS and UI, for a total of 8.9 out of 10. It’s still a very good phone, but LG is very close to launching a flagship to follow this unit. The advatange is that its price will probably drop more soon.

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UnleashThePhones

Packs both a great design, and some impressive specs

from UnleashThePhones

If your looking for a well rounded handset, with a great camera, great design and a unique Android Skin with some very useful additions, then the LG Optimus G is for you! Sadly, if you’re looking to get a device upgradeable to Jelly Bean 4.2.x, then maybe take a look at the Nexus 4, as LG has s...More

If your looking for a well rounded handset, with a great camera, great design and a unique Android Skin with some very useful additions, then the LG Optimus G is for you! Sadly, if you’re looking to get a device upgradeable to Jelly Bean 4.2.x, then maybe take a look at the Nexus 4, as LG has stated there is no intention to do so for this device.

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DroidDog

Insanely fast performance, a beautiful display, solid software that won’t disappoint, and a premium feel

from DroidDog

The LG Optimus G is a wonderful device for both carriers. Each has its small differences, but they’re both great. You can expect insanely fast performance, a beautiful display, solid software that won’t disappoint, and a premium feel. However, the fragility of the glass is an issue you must c...More

The LG Optimus G is a wonderful device for both carriers. Each has its small differences, but they’re both great. You can expect insanely fast performance, a beautiful display, solid software that won’t disappoint, and a premium feel. However, the fragility of the glass is an issue you must consider, and the sacrifice you make will be in camera quality. If you’re ok with settling for a mediocre camera, then go and buy this phone!

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Tech Ticker

The Optimus G is really well built

from Tech Ticker

Does getting an LG Optimus G make sense considering the breed of next-generation smartphones are just around the corner? Admittedly, LG is a bit late to the party but Optimus G is a formidable device. It packs some serious performance and gives a run for its money to devices like Galaxy S III that compete in the same price range.

Read full review

Does getting an LG Optimus G make sense considering the breed of next-generation smartphones are just around the corner? Admittedly, LG is a bit late to the party but Optimus G is a formidable device. It packs some serious performance and gives a run for its money to devices like Galaxy S III that compete in the same price range.

Read full review

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The Mobile Indian

Powerful, good looking and an object of desire

from The Mobile Indian

Everything boils down to this one final moment: is the device really worth its price? The Optimus G is a powerful device and we would not call it an over priced one. It costs between Rs 33,000 to Rs 36,000 in the Indian market. It offers superb performance, a brilliant display and great battery backup as well.The misses would be that it does not have a full HD display and the loudspeaker is a bit of a disappointment....

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Everything boils down to this one final moment: is the device really worth its price? The Optimus G is a powerful device and we would not call it an over priced one. It costs between Rs 33,000 to Rs 36,000 in the Indian market. It offers superb performance, a brilliant display and great battery backup as well.The misses would be that it does not have a full HD display and the loudspeaker is a bit of a disappointment.

Overall, the LG Optimus G is powerful, good looking and an object of desire. So if you need performance and looks, and are willing to part with Rs 30,000+ you can surely get this device and never regret it.

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NDTV

Good build quality and performance

from NDTV

The LG Optimus G comes to India at a time when LG has already released the Optimus G Pro in other market. LG Optimus G Pro features a 5.5-inch screen and a faster processor but we feel that not all users would be interested in a 5-inch+ phone (phablet). The LG Optimus G, is based on a newer...More

The LG Optimus G comes to India at a time when LG has already released the Optimus G Pro in other market. LG Optimus G Pro features a 5.5-inch screen and a faster processor but we feel that not all users would be interested in a 5-inch+ phone (phablet). The LG Optimus G, is based on a newer chipset, has a higher resolution camera and more RAM. We would recommend the LG Optimus G to anyone looking for a feature rich Android smartphone over other offerings.

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Digital Trends

It’s well designed, comfortable, speedy, and boasts a fantastic display

from Digital Trends

A few years ago, LG phones weren’t all that desirable. And though it’s still chasing major rival Samsung in many ways, the Optimus G Pro is a major step forward. It’s well designed, comfortable, speedy, and boasts a fantastic display. The software and apps aren’t perfect, but even there w...More

A few years ago, LG phones weren’t all that desirable. And though it’s still chasing major rival Samsung in many ways, the Optimus G Pro is a major step forward. It’s well designed, comfortable, speedy, and boasts a fantastic display. The software and apps aren’t perfect, but even there we see aspects worth praising. The LG Optimus G Pro is a fantastic phone in almost every way. It’s too big for some users, but if you’re into heft, you should try out the G Pro before you go with the Note 2. Samsung probably isn’t scared of the G Pro, but maybe it should be.

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Android Tapp

Lightning fast with brilliant display and 4G LTE capable

from Android Tapp

While many of us techies are chasing the ever so sold out Nexus 4, the LG Optimus G is virtually the same phone yet lacking latest pure Android experience. It’s a hidden gem on Sprint and AT&T, surprisingly, it’s not even in the top of the stack on either carrier’s online shop (either burie...More

While many of us techies are chasing the ever so sold out Nexus 4, the LG Optimus G is virtually the same phone yet lacking latest pure Android experience. It’s a hidden gem on Sprint and AT&T, surprisingly, it’s not even in the top of the stack on either carrier’s online shop (either buried or way down below). Despite not being listed as a top Android phone and my gripes with the camera, I would still highly recommend it for the sheer speed, that big illustrious screen, near latest version of Android, unique features to the phone and camera, 4G LTE capable, and ultimately it will be a device that can last a two year contract as it has a lot of forward thinking features and technology.

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Brighthand

Not a bad device, but one that fails to live up to its potential

from Brighthand

The LG Optimus G isn't a bad smartphone: it's fast, has a lot of storage, a good screen, and a decent (albeit not extraordinary) battery life. However, the two biggest features that are intended to make it stand out of the pack -- the quad core processor and the 13 megapixel camera -- both seriou...More

The LG Optimus G isn't a bad smartphone: it's fast, has a lot of storage, a good screen, and a decent (albeit not extraordinary) battery life. However, the two biggest features that are intended to make it stand out of the pack -- the quad core processor and the 13 megapixel camera -- both seriously fail to impress. And without those, there isn't really much to recommend it over other more noteworthy devices.

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Gadget Review

A tale of the most powerful smartphone

from Gadget Review

The Optimus G is an impressive smartphone in many, many ways, but it has one critical flaw that is a major blunder: Eco mode. Best-in-class performance is a great thing to have, but the beauty of smart devices like smartphones and tablets is their ability to manage performance themselves, without user input or configuration. For the ASUS TF700T, that wasn’t as serious a problem because even on the highest-power mode the tablet still had decent battery life and didn’t overheat....

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The Optimus G is an impressive smartphone in many, many ways, but it has one critical flaw that is a major blunder: Eco mode. Best-in-class performance is a great thing to have, but the beauty of smart devices like smartphones and tablets is their ability to manage performance themselves, without user input or configuration. For the ASUS TF700T, that wasn’t as serious a problem because even on the highest-power mode the tablet still had decent battery life and didn’t overheat.

Yet the Optimus G is a phone. The smaller size, smaller battery, and worse thermals are huge issues. Any user who ever wants the optimum performance has to keep their phone cool and has to forgo battery life. Such options are generally unacceptable for phones. Who has the time to deal with that?

LG did go the extra step to include a quick switch to enable/disable Eco mode from the drop-down menu, but as of this writing the Nexus 4, Google’s variant of the Optimus G, has no such hardware nor restrictions.

One other quirk is the aesthetic difference between the AT&T and Sprint/world model. AT&T’s version is slightly slower, thicker, and it’s less comfortable. It looks worse too. For Sprint, the Optimus G is undoubtedly one of the best handsets you can buy (in part because of Sprint’s limited selection of phones), but the same cannot be said for AT&T. The look and feel of the phone push it below some competitors like the HTC One X, but the performance that both devices have can’t be matched by any Android competitor. With the possible exception of the Galaxy Note 2, that isn’t likely to change until next summer, so if you just want a device that’ll be powerful through the next year, the Optimus G reigns supreme.

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User Reviews


Fantastice phone

I have owned many different phones and I must say this is the best phone I've used yet. It's much faster and less glitchy than my previous S3. The LTE/Wifi is really fast. The screen is super crisp and clear. The build quality is premium, and although the camera is not quite as good as the S3/iPhone 5/...More
I have owned many different phones and I must say this is the best phone I've used yet. It's much faster and less glitchy than my previous S3. The LTE/Wifi is really fast. The screen is super crisp and clear. The build quality is premium, and although the camera is not quite as good as the S3/iPhone 5/Lumina 920, the phone outperforms in every other category. Less